Posted by: ritagone | August 23, 2017

What’s Your Oikos?


Some time ago, I discovered Oikos yogurt, made by Dannon.  This is not a commercial; the only reason I tell you its name is because of the story to follow:

There were four flavors I preferred: Lemon Meringue, Key Lime, Banana Cream, and, most especially, Orange Cream.  Not the low fat yogurt, mind you, but the full flavored, full bodied one, with the red band around the carton (as told to me by the yogurt and dairy manager at one of the Ralph’s Markets near my home, with whom I got into quite a chat early, early one morning about, yes, yogurt).  The reason I got into this chat with Jason – and yes, I found out his name – was that for the longest time these flavors were easy to find at any and all of the markets we frequent in our neighboring areas.  Oh, the Orange Cream was a bit of a challenge, but Jason assured me that it had been “on hiatus” for a bit but was now back in stock on their shelves.  He was the one who told me about the red band around the top of the container, signifying that the yogurt inside was blended, not fruit on the bottom, which is not to my liking at all.

And yes, before you suggest I have myself committed, I do realize several things: this is hardly worthy of lengthy conversation at any time of the day, much less 6:30 in the morning, and secondly, this is definitely a first-world problem: whether or not the yogurt shelves remain stocked with Oikos yogurt and the four flavors I prefer.


But there’s a bigger point coming out of this yogurt story that I want to make, so bear with me.  Actually, there are two points.

The first is this:  One must keep things in perspective.  By this I mean that the disappearance of my beloved Oikos yogurt – while a bit of a shock at first and a challenge that made me traipse all over the Conejo Valley in search of it, or, more accurately, sending Michael to search for it – has now settled where it belongs:  it’s just not that important in the scheme of things.  Given what is going on in the world around us, I can’t very well complain that my favorite brand of yogurt or my favorite flavor of that brand has become scarce.  If someone were sharing that with me during these troubled times, I would be sorely tempted to slap them.  So I really wouldn’t blame someone for slapping me.

So I remain silent.  Because it’s just not that big a deal, and I have to tell myself this over and over until the truth of it, the reality of it, sinks in.  If I never have another Oikos yogurt for the rest of my life, that is okay.  I can live, and I can live happily.  After the first shock of disappointment and realization that this might be the case, I came to see that it was fine.

The second point:  Life consists of ever-adapting change.  One day you have something, the next you do not.  I’m studying the book of Job to begin teaching it in a few weeks at our ladies Bible study, the Connection, at church.  If there’s one great big glaring lesson I’ve learned from reading and immersing myself in Job’s 42 chapters for the last six months, it’s that your life, your circumstances, your very existence can change from one day to the next, from one hour to the next, or even from one minute to the next.  Job had a home, a career, servants, standing in the community, and a family.  Then…he didn’t.  In one fell swoop they were gone.

Yogurt that I like not being available anymore?

Come on!!


  1. This is funny. And thank you for sharing. It’s a great reminder about the nature of continuous change.

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  2. Well written as usual very thought-provoking and so true. I studied the book of Job the year I was having my job experience in Cbs with all our family cancer and stress. God always provides and is faithful but yes you never know what the next day holds. On your first world yogurt problem I have a great sheep’s milk yogurt that I buy at farmers market. They are incredible…I buy them at Westlake farmers market at the Greek stand called mom’s products. Near Popeyes chicken.. I buy them at Westlake farmers market at the Greek stand called mom’s products. Near Popeyes chicken. The flavors they have our coconut, lime, mango, coffee,

  3. Thanks, Rita! You always make me think…. 🤔💕

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